Researching Information on Adoption and Biological History, Biological Parents or Adopted Biological Child

The information on this page does not replace that of the official legislation.

Individuals Adopted in Québec or Biological Parents of a Child Adopted in Québec

Adopted persons or adoptable persons who are not adopted may obtain information on their social and biological history and biological parents. They may also get help with contacting their biological parents if the latter have consented. Biological parents who have given a child up for adoption and the adoptive parents also have access to similar services. All such requests can lead to reunions.

These services are offered free of charge by integrated health and social services centres offering protection and rehabilitation services for youths in trouble of adaptation and their families. Depending on the region, these services are provided by either integrated health and social services centres (CISSS) or integrated university health and social services centres (CIUSSS).

Call the CISSS or CIUSSS adoption services in the region or territory where the adoption judgment was issued to receive more information on:

  • Your adoption and biological history
  • Your biological parents
  • Your adopted biological child

If you are an adoptable individual who has not been adopted, contact the CISSS or CIUSSS in charge of your child protection file. If in doubt, contact the CISSS or CIUSSS in your region.

Once a request is received, the CISSS or CIUSSS looks for the information in the archives and records of the healthcare institution where the child was born.

The applicant receives a summary of his or her antecedents based on the information contained in the adoption file. The information given in the summary protects the identities of the biological parents, the adopted child and the adoptive parents. This respect for the anonymity of persons is in accordance with the rules prescribed by the Civil Code of Québec and the Youth Protection Act. At this stage, applicants can receive psychosocial support if they wish or if they fear the information revealed may be upsetting.

Individuals Adopted Abroad or Biological Parents of a Child Who Was Adopted Abroad

Persons who were adopted abroad or the parents of a child who was adopted abroad must contact the Secrétariat à l’adoption internationale This link open a new window..

To learn more

For more information on adoption and biological history, biological parents or adopted biological child, contact the CISSS or CIUSSS offering protection and rehabilitation services for youths in trouble of adaptation in your region.

Last update: June 2, 2017 8:40 AM

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